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Sport Level 3 CTEC Extended Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course provides an opportunity to study a broad range of sports-related topics on a full time basis. This course involves practical and work-related aspects and provides the knowledge and experience required to pursue a career in the sports industry, including (where possible) coaching and instructing qualifications. It is particularly suited to those interested in coaching, teaching or instructing physical activity, as well as Sports Studies and Sports Therapy at university.

Our Football Studies pathway is taught with a specific focus on how the concepts of sport relate to football.

Course content

Year 1 units include:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Sports Injuries
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Technical and Tactical Skills
  • Practical Sport (Individual)
  • Current Issues in Sport

Year 2 units include:

  • Sports Leadership
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports and Exercise Massage
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Talent Identification
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Athlete Lifestyle
  • Analysis of Sports Requirements
  • Practical Sport (Team)

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language (GCSE Science or PE is also recommended)
  • If you have studied the BTEC First Diploma in Sport you will need to have gained at least a Merit



Both practical and written assignments.

Financial information

Please note there is a £25 course contribution required for this course.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) is a full-time course and offers a direct route to university. Gaining a Pass on this course is equivalent to three passes at A Level. The qualification is recognised by the leisure industry and will aid employment in this sector. The college has links with universities, local employers and has supported several students in gaining access to sports scholarships in the USA.

Further information

To success on this course you need an interest in at least two sports and be willing to participate in a range of practical activities. It is useful but not essential to be involved in sport at college. Students will have the opportunities to access basic coaching awards and First Aid.

Students must be prepared to develop a sense of responsibility towards the learning process, and have the ability to manage their time. The course is assignment based with a variety of assessment activities, including presentations, discussions, observations and video analysis.

This course will often be chosen by members of our Sports Academy, which enables students to develop their performance and qualifications to an appropriate high level. Please pick up an application form or apply on our website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2016

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